Dell is possibly working on a different laptop with many screens, yet this concept wants to push things even further by using four or three displays to create for a much greater degree of flexibility when compared with the current 2-in-1, or even the numerous rumored dual-screen or foldable devices we have been hearing about of late.
The wide notion here, as outlined at a patent released last July but only spotted by Windows Newest , is to get a device that has an OLED display stretched across multiple'housing portions' all of which can be connected by hinges.
So that is much like this Dell patent we emphasized a week to get a 2-in-1 device using a flexible OLED display across two portions, using a fundamental rotational angle to ease folding. But in this specific scenario, Dell floats the notion of getting four or three home portions, allowing for your device to be folded in to more configurations.
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The patent describes using a planar tablet orientation -- together with the displays horizontal, to create for a massive tablet computer -- along with a clamshell orientation, or a typical laptop format. In the instance of this device with three display segments, the latter will probably imply 1 segment is folded beneath the bottom so that you get a conventional notebook form factor (as seen in the picture on peak of the article).
Or you might have three segments vertical and folded into a triangle to ease videoconferencing for a number of users, with every display showing its video. And really in the event of a four-display device, that may be stood up at a square four-fold configuration (as exemplified above).
As is frequently true with all these multi-screen device concepts, Dell also refers to the interface being connected into the hardware, so the device can automatically discover if it's reoriented from, state, tablet to laptop mode, and fix its own interface to match, by displaying a digital keyboard or touchpad on the bottom segment.
Obviously, we do not know whether this machine is likely to make it beyond the study and development or prototyping stages, as with any technology that is patented.
What we can say, however, is that Dell has this plus lots of other similar ideas in the pipeline, for example, 2-and-1 we have previously mentioned, and also a nifty-looking laptop with two removable displays.
We could probably expect some type of innovative multi-screen device at the pipeline out of Dell, and naturally, another PC makers like Lenovo that are also looking in their own equally advanced and flexible machines.